Luke 18:17 – “I tell you the truth, anyone who does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
“Receive the kingdom of God like a little child,” Jesus tells us. It seems simple enough, but what exactly does it mean? How do you receive God’s kingdom like a child when you are a grown adult? Really it comes down to faith. We must have faith like a child.
Think about how a child receives what you tell them and they believe it. That is how we are to receive God’s kingdom. A child has innocence. They are not yet hardened by the world. As adults we have become accustomed to people telling us lies and trying to trick us. It conditions us to take everything at face value and not to believe beyond that, especially when it is something that seems too good to be true.
That’s the thing about God’s kingdom that is so amazing. It’s a kingdom with no pain and suffering and everything is done out of Love. Death, sickness and disease, lies and deceit; they are all gone.
As adults we look at the picture of heaven and a God that Loves us despite our shortcomings and we find it hard to believe. A child has not yet been conditioned to doubt everything they are told so they receive it with open arms. That is how we need to receive the kingdom of God; with open arms.
It is easy for a child to believe in the supernatural. Take my son Logan for instance. There was a time when we had gone over to someone’s house to drop something off. When we got back into the car, it wouldn't start. I looked under the hood and tried to fiddle with a few things to no avail.
Finally I gave up and decided to pray. Then, when I turned the key the car fired right up. Of course in my mind I try to reason it out as coincidence. In Logan’s mind it was a miracle. A couple of weeks later Logan asked me if I remembered the time when God started our car. That is the faith of a child.
In the area of faith we must revert back to our childhood and get rid of the doubt and unbelief. Open your mind and receive the kingdom of God like a child.